Stillhouse Lake is a must-read novel!

“Stillhouse Lake,” by Rachel Caine is a must-read. I read a lot of suspense novels, specifically “grip-lit” in which a woman is threatened and has to save herself. There’s no man coming to her defense when it get’s down to the final, ugly conclusion. I understand the genre and am in the midst of writing one. Stillhouse Lake is one of the best (possibly THE best) psychological suspense novels I’ve ever read. The female protagonist, Gwen, is strong, determined and up for the challenge. Her one vulnerability is keeping her children safe and she comes close to losing it all. Rachel Caine can write! She kept me in suspense and entertained the whole time. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a suspenseful story with realistic characters. Read more

Book Review: Inheritance – A Psychological Suspense Thriller

by Thomas Wymark — Mystery, Psychological Suspense Review by Susan L Stewart “Inheritance: It was hers from the beginning” is not the kind of book I normally read, but the first line of the synopsis sounded interesting enough to give it a try: “Somewhere deep in her mind Christine Marsden is witnessing the murder of young girls. And now she has urges to hurt her own children.” Wow! To say I couldn’t put it down once I started is a cliché, but true. This story, told in first person by the main character, is the riveting account of how her life falls apart after being mugged and receiving two brain injuries. The horrifying nightmares of sexually assaulting and murdering young girls, visions of people not there, voices telling her to hurt people – including her children – and blackouts during which she does things she has no memory of, almost push her permanently over the edge to insanity, but she refuses to give… Read more

Book Review: Trick of the Eye

by Jane Stanton Hitchcock Book Review by Susan L Stewart From Wikipedia: “Trompe-l’œil (French for “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.” Trompe-l’oeil artist Faith Cromwell receives an invitation to visit a wealthy elderly woman living on an estate in Long Island. On the estate is a building with a huge ballroom. The woman hires Faith to paint all four walls in a trompe-l’oeil style. Faith is hesitant to take the job. Something just doesn’t feel right. After much thought, and a need for money, she accepts the job and decides to paint a mural of the last party ever held in the ballroom many years ago. The job takes considerable time to finish and during this time she develops a relationship of sorts with the wealthy woman. As her work comes to an end, and things get creepier, Faith is faced with a nightmarish situation… Read more